COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) today applauded the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 48, legislation that works to recognize the 65th Infantry Regiment and to urge the U.S. Congress to award them with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army was a unit of volunteer soldiers from Puerto Rico that was established following the Spanish-American War. Serving as the military’s last segregated unit composed of Hispanic soldiers, the regiment participated in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

“I’m honored to pay tribute to the 65th Infantry Regiment. They are heroes who have sacrificed so much in the service to their country,” Rep. Perales said. “The regiment is most deserving of the Congressional Medal of Honor and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor this legislation.”

In 2013, the United States Senate and House both introduced resolutions to award the regiment with a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, which is one of the most esteemed civilian awards in the United States.  H.C.R. 48 encourages the congressional passage of this resolution.

The bill passed earlier this week through the House and will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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